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Out of Africa: a review of two exhibition catalogs

Yinka Shonibare MBE (Prestel Verlag, Munich, 2008) ISBN 978-3-7913-4123-1 Yinka Shonibare is a contemporary of the Young British Artists and while he exhibited with them, he has never been considered one of the group. Unlike them, he creates work of unapologetic beauty.  Shonibare uses beauty as a hook; it draws audiences for his manipulated, historicist figures and tableaux which play havoc with received notions about post-Enlightenment Europe and reveal the impossibility of separating cultural history from economic history. His work has been increasingly visible in the U.S., especially since the large survey organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney ... More » »